Month: May 2014

What’s Happening Wednesday: Sneak Peek of Upcoming Fiction

Afternoon, all! We’re heading full force into June around here and thought it would be fun on this month’s What’s Happening Wednesday to show you a few of the titles we’re excited to see hit shelves soon. We’ll be back next week with some very fun giveaways and promotions but for now just mark those calendars for some great summer reads coming your way!

The Midwife by Jolina Petersheim


The Past — Graduate student Beth Winslow was sure she was ready to navigate the challenges of becoming a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities with the baby, Beth is unprepared for the parents’ decision to end the pregnancy — and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers deep in a Tennessee Mennonite community.

The Present — As head midwife of Hopen Haus, Rhoda Mummau delivers babies with a confident though stoic ease. Except in rare moments, not even those who work alongside her would guess that each newborn cry, each starry-eyed glance from mother to child, nearly renders a fault through Rhoda’s heart, reminding her of a past she has carefully concealed.

Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives in the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia’s due date draws near, Rhoda must face her regrets and those she left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.

Visit author Jolina Petersheim on her website.

Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke


Increasingly wary of her father’s genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany—in the summer of 1939—will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter, Amelie, deaf since birth, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.

Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her father’s files may hold answers about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems “unworthy of life.” She risks searching his classified documents only to uncover shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.

Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young—a driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely ally—who connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, risking their lives—and asking others to do the same—for those they barely know but come to love.

Visit author Cathy Gohlke on her website.

All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner


 Ivy Darling can’t have children of her own, and her husband Nick’s resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick’s family has never welcomed her into the fold.

When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?

 Visit author Carre Gardner on her website.

Don’t forget to check back on the blog next week for some fun giveaways and promotions!


May Book #Shelfie: What’s On Our Bookshelf

Afternoon, all! Hope you have a fun Memorial Day Weekend planned!

We had so much fun showing you our April #shelfie we decided to make it a monthly addition to the blog. It was great to see reader’s bookshelves as well.

Reader’s book #shelfies:

Heather Shelfie

Reader Heather (@heatherdgilbert) shared her love of historial fiction with her ‘Viking #shelfie’

Susan Shelfie

Avid reader Susan (@susanmsj) tweeted us her book #shelfie, bursting to the seams with christian fiction!  

Always fun to see what other readers have on their bookshelf. Don’t forget to share yours and we may feature you next month! Tweet us a #shelfie photo @Crazy4Fiction!

With summer reading coming up, we have great novels to add to your to-read list!

May Shelfie


When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

Firewall by DiAnn Mills

All for a Sister by Allison Pittman

Annie’s Stories by Cindy Thomson


Honor by Lyn Cote

Evergreen by Susan May Warren

Willie’s Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher

Don’t forget to Pin this month’s #shelfie on Pinterest and visit our Crazy4Fiction Pinterest for more fun book inspiration and pins.

Send us a #shelfie on Twitter (include @Crazy4Fiction in your tweet) and we may retweet or feature your tweet on next month’s #shelfie post!

Have a lovely weekend, and don’t hesitate to stop by @Crazy4Fiction on Twitter to say hi!


Christian Fiction Updates!

Right now there are lots of exciting things happening in the world of Christian fiction. Here’s a recap of a few of the recent goings-on from some great blogs and organizations.


Rachel McRae from the LifeWay blog on Randy Singer’s intriguing new novel, The Advocate


Top Christian fiction author makes leap to historical era.

I know there are a lot of Singer fans out there, and you may be thinking, “A historical novel? Really?” And I would say, yes! My sales rep at Tyndale has been talking this book up with me for many months. He says it’s not only the best book Randy has written to date but is also one of the best books he’s read in many years. That’s high praise, in my opinion!


The INSPY 2014 shortlists announced!


With bleary eyes, paper-cut fingers, and reading-in-bed hair, the Inspy Awards Advisory Board has come out of reading hibernation to announce the 2014 shortlist contenders. A daunting task was placed before us to pick just five books in each category from a long list of 150 nominated by readers and bloggers around the world.


The INSPY Board interviews nominated authors including Jessica Dotta and Gina Holmes.

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E-books on sale

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Don’t miss out on these great e-book deals:

It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren—FREE

Grace’s Pictures by Cindy Thomson—FREE

Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills—FREE

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta—$4.99


Jolina Petersheim, author of The Outcast, celebrates upcoming release of The Midwife with giveaway!

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Jolina is giving away copies of The Midwife and The Outcast! Winners get to choose between The Outcast’s regular edition or the large-print hardcover edition. Giveaway open until 6pm on 5/16.


New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers will be at the Romantic Times event this weekend in New Orleans!

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Don’t miss out on this conference and your chance to hear Francine chat about her novels and writing process.



This is just some of what’s taking place in Christian fiction these days! What’re you most excited about? Any great books on your to-read list?


Perfect Books for Mother’s Day

Happy Friday!

With Mother’s Day only a few days away, it can be hard to think of that perfect gift to get the woman in your life to tell her how special and appreciated she is. If you’re still searching for a gift, look below for a few suggestions of great novels for Mom. Whether she loves to be swept up in romance, whisked away to another time, or taken on a journey of self-discovery with her friends, there’s something on the bookshelves for every woman.


For someone who…

Loves to get lost in another time:

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman

Is drawn in by a good love story:

Life Support by Candace Calvert

It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enjoys reading characters who seem like friends:

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry

Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox


I hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day!


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